Weightlifting New Zealand says their team is united heading towards the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.
Hubbard - a 39-year-old who lived as a male for 35 years - has won three of four global contests, Stuff noted.
TRANSGENDER weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has won a silver medal for New Zealand at the weightlifting world championships, keeping the controversial issue alive in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games.
Numerous world's best super-heavyweight women are not competing because nine nations are banned for multiple doping offences. Hubbard had to demonstrate her testosterone levels were below a certain threshold for 12 months before representing New Zealand.
Her presence in women's weightlifting has irked rivals.
Hubbard - competing in the +90 kg (+198 pound) class - won a first silver by lifting 124 kg (273 pounds) in the snatch at the Anaheim, California, event. But not everyone is happy about Hubbard competing as a woman.
"She stayed away because she was embarrassed, probably", said Tim Swords, who coaches Robles.
Her rivals have expressed unease at a perceived advantage, an argument echoed by the Australian Weightlifting Federation after the Commonwealth Games selection was confirmed.
"We're in a power sport which is normally related to masculine tendencies ... where you've got that aggression, you've got the right hormones, then you can lift bigger weights", Australian Weightlifting Federation (AFW) chief executive Michael Keelan said.
"I don't think anybody was impressed with the whole situation", Swords told Stuff. "Nobody wanted her to win". "That's my personal view and I think it's shared by a lot of people in the sporting world".
Under the International Olympic Committee regulations a male-to-female transgender athlete must show, from a period starting one year before her first competition and ending when she finishes her competitive career, that her total testosterone level is below 10 nanomols per litre. Swords said that there was no controversy between the lifters about Hubbard's presence in the game, but there was between some of the coaching team members, and Hubbard was abused on social media before the IWF. "Whether those rules are fair or not fair is not for us to decide, it's for the policy creators to decide". Iranians Saeed Alihosseini and Behdad Salimi were second and third with totals of 454kg and 453kg respectively.